Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill — New Clause 1 — Funding Counselling, Support and Research — Marriage and Civil Partnerships — 17 Jun 2020 at 18:00

The majority of MPs voted against funding counselling for those applying to end a marriage or civil partnership and against requiring the funding of support for such arrangements and research into their breakdown, and the prevention of their breakdown.

MPs were considering the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill[1].

The proposed new clause rejected in this Bill was titled: Increased support for marriage and civil partnerships and stated:

  • ‘(1) Section 22 of the Family Law Act 1996 (Funding for marriage support services) is amended as follows.
  • (2) In subsection (1), for “may” substitute “must”.
  • (3) In subsection (1)(a), at end insert “, both before and during a marriage”.
  • (4) After subsection (1)(a) insert—
  • “(aa) marriage counselling for any partners to a marriage where an application has been made to the court to dissolve the marriage under section 1 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973.”
  • (5) After subsection (3) insert—
  • “(4) Any reference to marriage or marital breakdown in this section also applies to civil partnerships.””

The rejected new clause was accompanied by the following explanatory statement from its proposer:

  • This new clause would ensure increased support for marriages and new support for couples where an application for divorce has been made to the court.

The Bill[2]:

Debate in Parliament |

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Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Alliance1 00100.0%
Con283 (+2 tell) 23 (+2 tell)084.9%
DUP0 80100.0%
Lab105 0052.0%
LDem5 0045.5%
PC3 00100.0%
SDLP1 0050.0%
Total:398 31073.1%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

Sort by: Name | Constituency | Party | Vote

NameConstituencyPartyVote
Sir David AmessSouthend WestCon (front bench)aye
Bob BlackmanHarrow EastCon (front bench)aye
Peter BoneWellingboroughCon (front bench)tellaye
Fiona BruceCongletonCon (front bench)aye
Christopher ChopeChristchurchCon (front bench)tellaye
Iain Duncan SmithChingford and Woodford GreenConaye
Liam FoxNorth SomersetConaye
Richard FullerNorth East BedfordshireCon (front bench)aye
Sally-Ann HartHastings and RyeCon (front bench)aye
John HayesSouth Holland and The DeepingsConaye
Philip HolloboneKetteringCon (front bench)aye
Edward LeighGainsboroughCon (front bench)aye
Paul MaynardBlackpool North and CleveleysConaye
Karl McCartneyLincolnCon (front bench)aye
Robin MillarAberconwyCon (front bench)aye
Matthew OffordHendonCon (front bench)aye
Owen PatersonNorth ShropshireConaye
Andrew RosindellRomfordCon (front bench)aye
Andrew SelousSouth West BedfordshireCon (front bench)aye
Henry SmithCrawleyCon (front bench)aye
John StevensonCarlisleCon (front bench)aye
Desmond SwayneNew Forest WestCon (front bench)aye
Derek ThomasSt IvesCon (front bench)aye
Martin VickersCleethorpesCon (front bench)aye
William WraggHazel GroveCon (front bench)aye

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